Message from Acting Inspector General, Diana R. Shaw
I am pleased to present the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) work plan for FY 2024. Our annual plan identifies audits, inspections, evaluations, investigations, and other activities planned to advance OIG’s oversight mission and serves as a catalyst for positive change within the U.S. Department of State (Department), U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), and the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC).
OIG is dedicated to delivering timely oversight work that promotes accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness; working with stakeholders to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement; communicating effectively to support informed decision-making and effect positive change; and increasing collaboration to maximize the benefits of OIG’s work.
OIG uses several criteria to identify activities to focus on each year, including:
- Goals and objectives contained in our strategic plan.1
- Major management challenges facing the Department and USAGM as identified by OIG.
- Stakeholder priorities that promote efficiency and effectiveness in the execution of foreign policy.
- Congressional mandates.
- New or changing conditions affecting the programs and operations of the Department, USAGM, and USIBWC.
- Availability of resources and expertise.
As was the case for FY 2023, OIG is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and has a robust body of ongoing and planned Ukraine-related oversight work. OIG is also committed to continuing its important oversight of programs and operations related to Afghanistan. As such, OIG is highlighting its planned and ongoing oversight work on Ukraine and Afghanistan in this year’s plan.
In a departure from prior practice, OIG is issuing a 1-year work plan for FY 2024, rather than a 2-year plan. We believe this change in approach will allow us to be more agile and responsive to the emerging and evolving risks associated with the rapidly changing environments in which the Department operates. This work plan supersedes previously issued plans and will be updated, as necessary, to ensure that our oversight operations remain relevant, timely, and responsive to our key stakeholders and the changing demands of our global oversight mission.
We look forward to continuing to work with the Department, USAGM, USIBWC, and Congress to meet our goals and fulfill our mission.
1 OIG made three 1-year extensions to the original FY 2019-2021 strategic plan.